New Year, New Intentions

Setting intentions, a ‘tone,’ or a new mindset for the year to come gives space to grow as an individual throughout the year

There are many people out there who don’t believe in “resolutions” for the new year, and I’ll admit the idea is a tad clichéd. To me, it’s the thought behind it that counts + that’s a really refreshing idea for me. It’s December (or at least, pretend it is) the winter weather is brutal, all you want to do is curl up in your pj’s 24/7, exams are around the corner along with a few exhausting family Christmas parties (you know, the ones with the nosy relatives)—I don’t know about you, but the prospect of ringing in the new year with a little added motivation doesn’t sound so bad. Sometimes we need that little kick to get us through the rest of the winter ++ that’s okay! Whether it’s the new year, a new semester, a new job, or new hobby— any reason you get you up and out of bed is a good reason ++ one to be proud of, not ashamed of!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve set multiple resolutions over the years that you’ve given up by the second week of January (hello, “no junk food 2k17”). However, a year is a long time, and sometimes goals change. So this year, after reading other blog posts (CHAARG is a great program with amazing + motivational posts much like this one !!) and also several Pinterest pins, I decided to set intentions. Setting intentions, a “tone,” or a new mindset for the year to come gives space to grow as an individual throughout the year instead of focusing on specific goals that may become largely unattainable.

So this year, I want to continue my daily exercise, continue eating healthy + finding new recipes, spend a little more time getting ready in the morning instead of just *rolling* out of bed, and also learn to just love myself a little more + shed some of those insecurities we face every day. Each month, I’m writing a little phrase in my planner to help keep me on track for my intentions that I call “monthly mantras” (this month, mine is “progress not perfection”). Sounds cheesy, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  So, I’m challenging myself and you to find time out of your day to do something for yourself so that you can end the year by saying “I actually did that.”

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